A major spike in crime since the start of 2020, along with a series of high-profile police killings, have left lawmakers struggling to reach a compromise on police reform.
Now, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is blasting Democrats from walking away from the negotiating table.
“After months of making progress, I am deeply disappointed that Democrats have once again squandered a crucial opportunity to implement meaningful reform to make our neighborhoods safer and mend the tenuous relationship between law enforcement and communities of color,” Sen. Scott said. “Crime will continue to increase while safety decreases, and more officers are going to walk away from the force because my negotiating partners walked away from the table.”
The Democrats’ decision comes just after initial New York Times reporting of soon-to-be-released FBI crime data indicated a 30% increase in murders in 2020.
“I made a promise to never walk away from the table because walking away means we’re giving up on the communities and officers whose lives hang in the balance,” Sen. Scott added. “I’ve heard from and spoken to the families of the victims who have lost their lives at the hands of police. The areas where we agreed—banning chokeholds, limiting the transfer of military equipment, increased mental health resources, and more—would have brought justice to these families. I’ve also heard from police and sheriffs groups who supported the work we were doing to provide more resources to implement better training, standards, and accountability for departments.”
In this case, Sen. Scott says lawmakers let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
“Defunding the police destabilizes our communities,” he said. “Change requires resources. I offered to introduce a bill that included our areas of compromise—a bill that activists and law enforcement alike could have supported. Despite having plenty of agreement, Democrats said no because they could not let go of their push to defund our law enforcement. Once again, the Left let their misguided idea of perfect be the enemy of good, impactful legislation.